Poem #10 from my playlist ‘A Shropshire Grad’. This poem was originally supposed to show my disdain for UK politician Nigel Farage – who, I believe, has had the most influence in creating hatred in society. But when I came to write it, I found myself exploring whether he could really be called ‘the devil’.
Poem #9 from my playlist ‘A Shropshire Grad’. This poem grapples with the unfortunate reality of family members having extreme views and opposite morals to one’s own.
Poem #8 from my playlist ‘A Shropshire Grad’. These are a few thoughts on my relationship with social media.
For World Mental Health Day, I’m sharing this reading of Resumé by Dorothy Parker because I believe it’s a poem that can open up conversations, help with understanding and provide solace to those affected by suicidal thoughts.
Poem #7 from my playlist ‘A Shropshire Grad’. This isn’t a pleasant one, admittedly, but it captures my fear pretty effectively.
National Poetry Day encourages us to share a poem and see things like a poet. This year, I’ve chosen to highlight Mary Webb, who wrote many renowned poems and novels whilst living around Lyth Hill on the edge of Shrewsbury.
Poem #6 from my collection ‘A Shropshire Grad’. This is about eccentrics and how they appear to be dying out, like Eric.
Poem #5 from my collection ‘A Shropshire Grad’. This is the first poem that covers mental health, an issue that has heavily impacted my life.
Poem #4 from my collection ‘A Shropshire Grad’. Originally written as a competition entry for Teacher Appreciation Week, I found the personal reflections included were too raw to throw away forever after being overlooked in the contest.
Poem #3 from my collection ‘A Shropshire Grad’. I wrote this poem after a local newspaper described an attack as “savage” and it reflects my disdain for sensationalised journalism, which first emerged whilst studying at university.